Friday, August 29, 2008

Coffee Cuff

Formed around a take-out coffee cup, this cuff satisfies both form and function -- the bracelet doubles as a java jacket. Available in a variety of woods.

Get yours here: Contexture Coffee Cuff.

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Thanks to Design Milk, Got It?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

UPut Storage System

Totally digging the look and feel of this storage unit, the UPut Storage System by Angela Kane from the Sydney Design 08 Workshopped exhibition.

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Thanks to Moco Loco.

Viva Tom Petty!

Tom Petty 83
Tom Petty 2008

Check it out. I've started a nice little set of my concert tickets over at my flickr site: HMK Concert Tickets.

Pictured above is the ticket from my first Tom Petty show in Austin back in January of 1983 and also my ticket from last nights amazing show. Mike Campbell totally rules - my ears are still ringing!

And a big muchas gracias to my good buddy Mike Sachse and John Hogan for the great seats - I owe you guys one!

Ok, back to work - I'm working on Something Big!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

50 Years Of The Peace Symbol

A protestor wears the CND symbol on his sunglasses during a 'Ban the Bomb' march from the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment in Aldermaston to Trafalgar Square, 18th April 1960. Photograph: John Franks/Hulton Archive.

The designer behind the CND sign would be spinning in his grave - now half a century old, it is more often seen on catwalk models than protest marchers.

The British artist Gerald Holtom, creator of the CND sign, penned a solemn note to Hugh Brock, editor of Peace News, before its first public outing on a London peace march in 1958. "I was in despair," he wrote, explaining how the symbol came about. "Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya's peasant before the firing squad. I formalised the drawing into a line and put a circle round it."

Read the entire Clare Coulson piece over at 50 Years Of The Peace Symbol.

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Thanks to David Gianatasio at The Guardian UK.

Socialize Liberally. Drink Conservatively.

Check out this timely series of posters from Boston agency Arnold for the Jack Daniel's brand.

The tagline is, "Socialize liberally. Drink conservatively."

There's a few more over at Thanks to Ad Freak.

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Thanks to David Gianatasio at Ad Week.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Welo Hand-Lettered Studio Handbook

I'm totally digging this 1927 edition of Studio Handbook by Samuel Welo, 233 pages of beautiful type and timeless design advice. Only this book comes with a twist – every page was hand-lettered by Welo.

Mucho Mas: The Best Type Book with No Typesetting.

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Thanks to Gene Gable and the smart folks over at Creative Pro.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Viva Pinata!

I gotta agree with Freddie over at Ad Goodness, WTF!!??

On second thought, Bravo! This is a most excellent and a pretty damn near genius spot!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ice Orb

Wow. So simple, so smart, so basic. Using water displacement and comprised of an outer mold and an inner bucket, the airtight and odor free IceOrb is a perfect ice cube solution, especially if you're working with limited space.

Dig the demo video and see the The IceOrb in action. The first vertical ice tray that makes, chills, serves and stores. Brought to you by the forward thinking folks at Fusion Brands.

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Thanks to Cool Hunting.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Truth About Smart Cars

Simply Brilliant: The Truth About Smart Cars.

I really wish these were readily available now here in San Antonio...

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Smart Coffee To Go

Found this super smart coffee carrier thanks to Core 77.

Very nice.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Numbers Lamp

Digging this rather cool numbers lamp from Tonerico.

Busy week, short post, nice lamp!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Redbone Guitar Boutique Is Open!

Richard Turner: Redbone Guitar Boutique

Congratulations to my buddy Richard Turner, a generous, lucky and hardworking man who's just fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams by opening Redbone Guitar Boutique. The showroom proudly displays tons of drool worthy left & right handed vintage and custom guitars, along with some pretty sweet microphones, amps and lots of other high quality, top shelf gear and swag including limited edition t-shirts - more on that in future posts...

Richard's also the cool cat behind the 22 years + and still rolling The Best of The Beatles with Richard Turner, the longest running show in the history of KSYM radio 90.1 fm in San Antonio, Texas.

And speaking of wicked nice guys, here's David Gray, resident guitar wizard and director of operations for Turner Street Productions, that is, when he's not touring the hill county on his bike or pulling rabbits out of his hat to make the impossible happen.

David Gray: Redbone Guitar Boutique

For the moment, the site's simply a splash screen with contact info, a down and dirty master inventory list and some hip rescued audio enabling you to tune your guitar as you drool over the list: Redbone Guitar Boutique.

Congrats Rick, Blanca, Dausin and Scott – the store is looking amazing!

Stay tuned for official Grand Opening info...

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Redbone Guitar Boutique

The awesomely friendly folks over at Redbone Guitar Boutique are having their first special event during the soft opening of the brand new store here in San Antonio.

Come on by and check out the Vox Demo, score some cool free swag and dig all the amazing vintage and custom left and right handed guitars!

More info: Redbone Guitar Boutique

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Something New In The Air

The folks over at Visual Culture, a new design blog, have a nice set of airline logos for your perusal. They've researched hundreds of logos, picked out the best of the best and sorted them into 3 categories: type treatment, bird symbols, and general symbols.

Check out the rest over at: Visual Culture.

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Thanks to Design Observer.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Bicycling During Wartime

David Byrne's “Mudflap Tammy,” at 44th Street and Seventh Avenue.

When the NYC Department of Transportation asked David Byrne to help judge a design competition for the city’s new bike racks, he not only agreed, he was so intreeged that he sent in his own designs as well!

Read the whole New York Times piece by Ariel Kaminer: David Byrne, Cultural Omnivore, Raises Cycling Rack to an Art Form.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Cell Phone Popcorn

And I understand that when you do this with your iPhone - it comes with butter and salt!

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Awesome Olympic Tracker

Just in time for tomorrow's Opening of the 2008 Olympics!

Behold - the amazing, realtime and fully customizable Olympic Tracker created for the New York Times by Tom Jackson, Aron Pilhofer and Matt Ericson

Outstanding work guys - thank you!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

1000th Post!

Wow, my 1000th post here at That's Right! Actually, that happened on Monday and I missed it...

Thanks for all of your support, comments and feedback!

In an effort to stay true to my first post back in July of 2004, here's to the next 1000!

And while I love getting emails regarding the posts, please share your thoughts and comments with everyone in the comment section.

Peace and thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Up The Downturn Starts Now!

"Go ahead. Cut your marketing budget when things get tough.
I get it.

That's like saying: 'I’ll throw some logs on that fire when it warms up in here." Chris Lochhead

Up the downturn: How to survive in tough economic times.

Christopher Lochhead, the former chief marketing officer at Scient and Mercury, offers his advice on how companies can do more than pray for survival in a prolonged economic downturn.

It's easy to be great when things are going great. The real test of leadership is who are you when things are tough. Leaders take market share in bad times, and losers lose share, money, and market cap.

We seem to be heading into a multi-quarter (or maybe longer) downturn. Planning for a long downturn is the right approach, even if you think this is just a blip.

Strategy 1: Don't Cut The Budget.

The first thing scared executives do in bad times is cut spending. It's easy. But often completely wrong. J. Paul Getty said, "Buy when everyone is selling. And hold until everyone is buying."

Downturns are time to invest in:

New Technology
New Marketing Campaigns
New People
(hire the best salespeople, product developers, etc. from your competitors, especially those doing layoffs and missing their quarterly numbers)
New Products
New Companies
(buy or start some)

Head on over to CNET. For the details on Strategy 2: If you have to cut, DO IT FAST. DO IT ONCE. and Strategy 3: Put Your Best People On Your Biggest Project.

Sounds like great news if you're one of the best at what you do and lucky enogh to have a smart employer that recognizes you as an asset.

After almost twenty years in business and being the marketing chief at three public companies, Christopher Lochhead retired at 38. Now, he serves on a few boards and is a part-time strategy advisor. Every year he gives a handful of speeches, and from time to time writes something. Check out

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Funny Side Up Cover
Oh, and a great big thank you to Walter Goldstein for the funny cartoon - I found it while breezing through the above book last night.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Rumpus Rather Than Ruckus

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to That's Right Post number 1000!

*True story. I found this awesome example of recommended verbaige filed under Americanisms in the Style Guide guide they give to every journalists at The Economist.

Rumpus Rather Than Ruckus.

Man, just reading that makes me feel smarter! In all seriousness, if you're really and truly serious about communicating in our groovy new modern World, this style guide is full of some amazingly important tools for doing exactly that.

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*Thanks again to one of my favorite blogstars, the amazingly fresh and always hip: Swiss Miss and a grande muchos gracias to Ian Millar for the excellent Holland Rumpus shot - nice lighting man.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Vanity Fair Type: 1930 Style

Imaginary Interviews by Miguel Covarrubias, from December 1931 issue.

In 1929, Vanity Fair magazine, the jewel in the crown of Condé Nast’s publishing empire, made typographic history. Influenced by Modern design trends throughout Europe, especially the Bauhaus, art director Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha introduced Paul Renner's Futura — and also did away with all capital letters in headlines on columns and feature articles.

The result was at once jarring and elegant — illustrating the capital M of Modernism, through the sole use of lowercase letters. It was also an indication that Frank Crownishield (then editor of Vanity Fair), a highly respected literary figure and social bon vivant, and Mr. Nast, one of the most powerful men in mainstream publishing, trusted their Ukraine-born art director enough to let him challenge convention.

Read the entire Stephen Heller article Vanity Fair Type: 1930 Style and once again, thanks to the wicked smart folks over at Design Observer.
Vanity Fair Type: 1930 Style

Redbone Guitar Boutique Grand Opening!

Guitar Hero? What? Are you kidding me?

Introducing the real guitar hero - Redbone!

Yes! The Redbone Guitar Boutique Grand Opening is happening right now! An awesome new source for all the left-handed guitar players out there looking for anything custom made, pristine vintage or wicked fresh from the factory - and yeah, there's plenty for us right-handed folks as well!

Photos are coming soon!

Sweet! I can walk there from my house!

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